SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS- ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION– 409 AM CST SAT JAN 25 2014
…HIGH WIND WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A HIGH WIND WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING.
* TIMING…SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING
* WINDS…WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS 30 TO 40 MPH GUSTING TO 60 MPH.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A HIGH WIND WATCH MEANS THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT. SUSTAINED WINDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH…OR GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR STRONGER MAY OCCUR. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS. TRAVEL WILL BECOME DIFFICULT ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES.
330 PM CST FRI JAN 24 2014
A BLIZZARD WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR PARTS OF NORTH CENTRAL, CENTRAL, EAST CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST IOWA, BEGINNING ON SUNDAY.
BLIZZARD CONDITIONS POSSIBLE SUNDAY THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING FOLLOWED BY DANGEROUSLY COLD CONDITIONS SUNDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY. .SNOW WILL FALL ACROSS NORTHEAST AREAS SATURDAY NIGHT AND EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. AN ARCTIC COLD FRONT WITH STRONG WINDS WILL ARRIVE BY LATE SUNDAY MORNING AND SWEEP SOUTH ACROSS THE REGION SUNDAY EVENING AND SUNDAY NIGHT.
NONE OF THE COUNTIES IN THE KJAN LISTENING AREA IS INCLUDED IN THE WATCH, BUT IF YOU PLAN ON TRAVELING FROM OR TO EASTERN, NORTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEASTERN IOWA LATE THIS WEEKEND, YOU SHOULD STAY ALERT TO FUTURE FORECASTS AND WEATHER BULLETINS.
COUNTIES INCLUDED IN THE BLIZZARD WATCH BEGINNING SUNDAY MORNING: EMMET-KOSSUTH-WINNEBAGO-WORTH-PALO ALTO-HANCOCK-CERRO GORDO- POCAHONTAS-HUMBOLDT-WRIGHT-FRANKLIN-BUTLER-BREMER-WEBSTER-HAMILTON-HARDIN-GRUNDY-BLACK HAWK. THESE COUNTIES ARE INCLUDED IN THE WATCH BEGINNING SUNDAY AFTERNOON: BOONE-STORY-MARSHALL-TAMA-POLK-JASPER-POWESHIEK-MARION-MAHASKA-WAPELLO-
(3:46-am NWS/Des Moines)
Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 46. Wind chill values as low as -10 early. Windy, with a southwest wind 16 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Tonight: Rain likely, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. Blustery, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph becoming north northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Saturday: Increasing clouds, with a steady temperature around 27. Blustery, with a north northwest wind 7 to 17 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.
Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west 15 to 20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph.
Sunday: A 20 percent chance of snow after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 41. Windy.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around -2. Windy.
Monday: Sunny and cold, with a high near 6. Windy.
…WIND CHILL WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST THURSDAY…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A WIND CHILL WARNING…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST THURSDAY. THE WIND CHILL ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
* TIMING…WIND CHILLS WILL CONTINUE FALLING THROUGHOUT THE DAY WITH THE COLDEST READINGS OF AROUND 30 BELOW EXPECTED FROM AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO SHORTLY AFTER DAYBREAK THURSDAY.
* TEMPERATURES/WIND CHILL VALUES…LOW TEMPERATURES WILL PLUMMET TO THE SINGLE DIGITS BELOW ZERO TONIGHT WITH BRISK NORTHWEST WINDS. WIND CHILL VALUES WILL OFTEN BE 15 BELOW TO 25 BELOW ZERO BY EARLY THIS EVENING…LIKELY REACHING AROUND 30 BELOW INTO EARLY THURSDAY MORNING.
* IMPACTS…DANGEROUSLY COLD WIND CHILLS MAY RESULT IN FROSTBITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA OR DEATH IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
A WIND CHILL WARNING MEANS THE COMBINATION OF VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILL VALUES. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROSTBITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA OR DEATH IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
While it’s been cold the past few days, forecasters say even more frigid weather is headed toward Iowa. Meteorologist Brad Small, at the National Weather Service, says it appears northwest Iowa will get the worst of an approaching cold front, but the whole state will soon have bone-chilling temperatures. “There is a Winter Weather Advisory out for a combination of things,” Small says. “We’ve got that northwest wind will be increasing to 15 to 30 miles an hour, gusts could be as high as 40, and there could be some snow showers move through.”
Also, a Wind Chill Warning is posted for much of the state’s northern half from 6 P-M tonight (Wednesday) through noon on Thursday. “We’re looking at widespread temperatures below zero, single digits as well as the teens below zero toward the Minnesota border,” Small says. “That’ll drop wind chills from 25 to 35-below.” Some areas may even see 40-below overnight. High temperatures tomorrow (Thursday) may not even get above zero in some Iowa cities, though highs Friday should be back in the 20s and 30s.
SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL COUNTIES: WIND CHILL WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON CST THURSDAY…
* TIMING…WIND CHILLS WILL CONTINUE FALLING THROUGHOUT THE DAY WITH THE COLDEST READINGS FROM MIDNIGHT TO SHORTLY AFTER DAYBREAK THURSDAY.
* TEMPERATURES/WIND CHILL VALUES…LOW TEMPERATURES WILL PLUMMET TO READINGS FROM THE SINGLE DIGITS TO TEENS BELOW ZERO TONIGHT WITH BRISK NORTHWEST WINDS. WIND CHILL VALUES WILL OFTEN BE 20 BELOW TO 30 BELOW ZERO BY THIS EVENING…LIKELY REACHING AROUND 35 BELOW INTO EARLY THURSDAY MORNING.
* IMPACTS…DANGEROUSLY COLD WIND CHILLS MAY RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA OR DEATH IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD COUNTIES: WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON CST THURSDAY; MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-and POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTIES: WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 AM CST THURSDAY; MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-and PAGE COUNTIES: WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 AM CST THURSDAY
* WIND CHILL VALUES…WIND CHILLS OF 20 TO 30 BELOW ZERO ARE EXPECTED.
* TIMING…WIND CHILLS WILL FALL TO 20 BELOW OR COLDER EARLY THIS EVENING. WIND CHILLS WILL REACH THEIR COLDEST READINGS AROUND 5 TO 9 AM…THEN IMPROVE ABOVE 20 BELOW ZERO IN THE LATE MORNING.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS…MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND GLOVES.